Grenache or Garnacha: no matter how you say it this great grape is worth getting to know. Garnacha/Grenache is one of the oldest and most widely planted wine grapes in the world! Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels to the birthplace of Grenache. Shot exclusively on her iPhone, Monique travels to the Roussillon region in France and the Aragón region of Spain. The sole purpose of this adventure is to get to the heart and soul of what makes the Grenache grape so great. Who better to help us understand one of the world’s most widely planted grapes than hearing first hand from the winemakers in their homeland.
Our adventure begins in the Roussillon region of France. Around 600 BC the Greeks expanded their knowledge of the land to make viticulture flourish in southern Gaul. Thanks to its terrain, Mediterranean climate, and location (bordering the Mediterranean Sea and Spanish), the French say the Roussillon has the potential to be in the same breath as the great names of Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Then we continue on to Aragón in Spain, it’s here where we harvest garnacha grapes and discover the wine has long been worthy of royalty, being the Kings drink of choice back in the day. We eat Migas (which means “crumbs” in English), learn about the winds influence on wine, (The cierzo is a strong, dry and usually cold wind that blows from the North or Northwest through the regions of Aragón), and learn my favorite expression of this life time “Ojala”, coming from the Arabic word “inshallah” which translates to May it be God’s will.
As the birthplace regions of Grenache/Garnacha, five Spanish PDOs—Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano, and Terra Alta—and the 14 PDOs and 2 PGIs of Roussillon share a devotion to the grape, despite a diversity of soils and styles, the majority of these vineyards are planted to the variety, and they are home to one of the largest concentrations of quality wines made from Grenache in Europe.
Here’s where we went on this whirlwind trip
Wine Oh! TV is a fun and informative food and wine travel show that gets to the heart of every wine region. Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels the world bringing people together by breaking bread, opening up a bottle, and connecting through culture. Every episode answers three essential questions most asked by Wine Oh! TV’s audience over the last decade: What is there to drink, what is there to do, and what is there to eat in each wine region.
This season Wine Oh! TV shines the spotlight on smaller wine regions with Umbria, Paso Robles, Mendocino, Walla Walla, and Lodi taking center stage. Wine Oh! TV is shot with the seasonal change in vineyards from bud break in March 2022, veraison in June, to harvest in September and October. Wine is as much about agriculture, weather, and capturing a moment in time, as it is about the people behind the bottle.
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Wine Oh! TV Umbria: Our first episode of the new season features Umbria, Italy, the home of Saint Valentine, where he used a Sagrantino wine from the region to marry star-crossed lovers. Umbria is home to the land of the saints, a wine so big it’s nicknamed the beast, and with black gold abound, we discover why foodies from far and wide flock to this lesser known wine region. We meet the most prominent winemakers of the region, get cooking classes with the pros, try our hand at truffle hunting, and even make money, literally!
Wine Oh! TV Paso Robles: Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels to California’s Central Coast and finds her way to a new frontier. Meet Paso Pioneers Jerry Lohr and Gary Eberle who put this rural region on the world wide wine stage. We get a taste of conservation cocktails, local cuisine from a family combining Mexican and European cuisine, and we even zipline over grapevines!
Wine Oh! TV Mendocino: Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels to one of California’s largest, greenest, and most authentic wine regions. Mendocino is often described as rugged, real, and refined and we find out why. With boots on the ground during bud break we walk the vines and make a Mendo Blendo, hit up a historic Hopland hot spot, bottle feed baby goats, and get a little sticky along the way!
Wine Oh! TV Walla Walla: Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels to the Pacific Northwest. We discover how Walla Walla grew from a wheat farming community at the base of the Blue Mountains into one of America’s most loved wine regions. We take a bite out of this tiny town (and their sweet onions) with a huge heart, meet two restaurateurs who nearly lost it all during the pandemic, we walk the rocks and find out why this treasured wine region has the capacity and the geography to make some of the best wines in the world.
Wine Oh! TV Lodi: Join the journey as Monique Soltani travels to California’s Central Valley. With the the largest collection of old vines in North America and winemaking dating back to the 1800’s, we learn why Lodi has earned its place in history. Meet a winemaker whose Grandfather came here during the Bracero Program and now he’s made the American dream a reality. We get hands on during harvest and learn what it takes to make wine from grape to glass, plus pizza making with a local pro whose family is rooted in the region. Proposed Release Date: April 25, 2023
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